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Case ID: 19233
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Reward: $2,000
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Thursday, Jan 26, 2012

County: Larimer

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

The reward has doubled to $2,000 to find whoever shot and killed a beloved family dog in Larimer County last week.

The dog's owner, Sharon Seymour, of Carter Lake, said on Wednesday that a woman she didn't know added $1,000 to the $1,000 reward to find the person who killed Carter, a Bernese mountain dog.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Larimer Humane Society animal control at 970-226-3647, Ext. 5. Investigators say the killer could face a felony charge of animal cruelty.

"Whoever did this needs to pay for what they did," Seymour said.

Seymour said she let Carter, a gentle giant, and their miniature dachshund, Coco, out Thursday morning.

The little dog came back soon, but 5-year-old Carter didn't return for a couple hours. Later in the day, Carter became lethargic and began vomiting, Seymour said.

Then on Friday, the big Bernese rubbed against Seymour and she noticed dried blood on his fur.

The family took Carter to a veterinarian clinic, where they discovered a small bullet lodged in the big dog's back leg. The bullet had damaged the dog's bowels, Seymour said.

The family had to make the difficult decision to put Carter to sleep.

"They told me that the surgery would be close to $10,000," Seymour said. "Being a single mom with three kids, there is no way. I don't know how anybody could afford that."

Given the shooting, Humane Society spokeswoman Marci Willms urged pet owners "just to keep a close eye on them," especially when dogs are let outside.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Larimer Humane Society
970-226-3647, Ext. 5.


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